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Originally Posted by Naughty Dingo View Post

Hope all is well and YEAH!!!!! It's Friday Baybeeee!!!!! Is anyone else whooping and celebrating like I am LOL?


 

Do you mean like this?

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Or perhaps like this?

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Or even

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YES Baby, it is Friday!

 

and no jury duty today. I have another week of the term of service, but it isn't looking likely. Fortunately I made it through the totally crazy part (jury duty + two interviews for which I'm the interviewer + finals week). And my grades are done. And I'm more or less mentally taking the weekend off.

 

Monday, well Monday I begin writing a big grant proposal. My first big one. I'm the PI for our campus. Its not due until September, but I want it mentally "off my desk" before I leave for my family vacation in July. August has limited mental space and it essentially needs to be to the campus person who stamps it on September 1.

 

 

 

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ND - So, what DO you do to make the most out of your recovery days?  I've always either just rested or maybe gone for a walk.  Also, as far as drinks, Nic (my awesome secret sprinter) sent me these NUUN tablets.  I have been really loving them, and used them when running the half a few weeks ago.  They are sugar free, and I think kosher!winky.gif  They also only have 3 calories per 8oz.

 

Jen - Good luck with the house!

 

Nic - Just take it easy for a little bit and give yourself time to recover.  I know you are moving about, but think of it this way, you had a procedure to correct something that has been impacting your body, hormones and emotions for a long time.  That is going to need some time to recover from.  Be gentle with yourself! 

 

I'm going to get into the pool in a little bit.  I'm tired and a bit sore from yesterday's class and from this week's activity.  But in a totally good way!  It's going to be a busy weekend filled with the kids' dance dress rehearsal and recital, so I doubt I will get anything focused in, so those will serve as rest days.

 

NRR: I'm still having problems with my Cuss.gifwasher!  I did a load and found that it had chewed a hole in my Indy Mini race shirt!  I'm totally bummed.  I really liked that shirt, and it feels like such a loss that it got wrecked!  I worked really hard for that shirt!greensad.gif  Anyway, DH is on the phone raising hell about it, not that the shirt can be replaced.  Maybe I'll send them an email and see if I can buy a new one!

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Bec, that sucks with your shirt!

 

Jen, I so hope that you guys get the home of your dreams.

 

Jo, I just saw on FB that you posted, 46 degrees Celsius! Yikes, that's just way hotter than anything I've ever experienced. Holy cow. I hope that everything is smooth so far - what an amazing adventure!

 

Nick, so glad that your procedure went well, and I hope this means no more problems for you. Speedy recovery.

 

I am really behind, and my internet is glacially slow today, so I'll keep it brief...

 

My first tri is on Sunday yikes2.gif It's just a sprint, but man am I all keyed up about it! I feel physically able to do it, and actually, my knee has been great with all the biking. But still, just nerves as far as everything going well that day, organizing the whole transition thing, hopefully not having any major bike problems ...

 

One of the coaches had a suggestion to make more than one goal for the race, and to formulate them in a positive way (i.e. "I want to feel strong through the swim" rather than "please let me not drown"). So here are my goals for Sunday:

 

Swim steady

Work hard and stay safe on the bike

Stay calm (this is mostly for the transition)

Finish smiling

 

Gaye! You are doing a tri this weekend, too, right?

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Originally Posted by Mel38 View Post

 

One of the coaches had a suggestion to make more than one goal for the race, and to formulate them in a positive way (i.e. "I want to feel strong through the swim" rather than "please let me not drown"). So here are my goals for Sunday:

 

Swim steady

Work hard and stay safe on the bike

Stay calm (this is mostly for the transition)

Finish smiling

 

Gaye! You are doing a tri this weekend, too, right?



I LOVE this!!!!  You're going to have a great tri, Mel!  I was supposed to race a tri this weekend too, but never signed up (see previous post about not pulling the trigger in time....) so no race for me this weekend.  Off to run.....

 

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Mel38 - I am one of those treasure mapping people, and one of the instructions is to write what you want in the affirmative, so rather than "no fear" you'd say "faith" or "confidence". I have four words that frame my map this year; Grace, Surrender, Clarity, Balance. Your list reminded me of that;

Steady
Strong and Safe
Calm
Smiling

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I love that! 

 

Steady

Strong and Safe

Calm

Smiling

 

I'm going to remember that!  A short swim with DH.  I was working with him on finding a way to improve his form so he can slow down enough to have a little endurance.  It's so hard to be at that point.  I remember very clearly that frustration of not being able to slow down in the water!

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I like that too.

 

Ok, so I lose my laptop when I leave my job. I need to have my own laptop, for a variety of reasons. I could:

 

1) Buy a Macbook through the 'education' store before I stop working (discount)

 

2) Buy a refurbished Macbook through apple (better discount, not as new machine)

 

3) Buy a PC laptop (cheaper, but i.m.o. not as good)

 

Any input?

 

(I have trouble spending money, by the way...this is going to be a painful purchase for me. But a  necessary one. and I still haven't got my iPhone or my nano or my garmin that I was promised...sigh)

 

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What do you use the laptop for?

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Internet, writing, some statistical work, research (must multiask seamlessly between sites like lexus etc.), chat, skype (do overseas interviews sometimes) etc. No gaming.

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Do you need a laptop or can you use a desktop?

 

Love my macbook pro.  IMO I wouldn't buy a used machine and then move. (Or are you buying online?)

I do online teaching, skype, MDC, facebook, etc. Plus I very occasionally do some mapping-related stuff on it. Works like a champ for those tasks.

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Well I'd buy direct from Apple, if refurbished, either online or in store but they have a warranty everywhere. I'd rather have a  laptop so I can move about with it.

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Macbook Pro if it must be a macbook.   iMac if desktop is a solution.

 

I looked at the refurbished ones and decided it was a bad deal.

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Why a bad deal? And which Macbook? I wish I understood more about all the various options (mhz, RAM, etc.) and what is worthwhile and what is not necessary.

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Just in terms of the age of the computers compared to the relative savings.  I figure 3 years per laptop.  What I was finding was 2 year old machines for less than 1/3 off the cost.

 

I tend to buy the bottom end on the computers on all but the speed  - I don't use intensive applications, but I do run some calculations where speed starts to show.

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I tend to buy the bottom end on the computers on all but the speed  - I don't use intensive applications, but I do run some calculations where speed starts to show.


Yes, this. And without calculations IMO speed makes a difference in fun stuff like video manipulation sometimes.

 

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Hi Dingoes,

 

Nic, I have a MacBook Pro and a Mac desktop. I like them both a lot but if I had to go for one I'd go for the MacBook. Hope you're feeling better. I did see that you'd run today!

 

Penelope, I am sorry about DH's job. I really feel your pain in many ways as my DH so often seems to be a wisp away of handing in his notice. Hope the grading is all but finished.

 

Mel, I had no idea you were doing your tri this weekend! You'll have a blast, and I love your plan. I've only done one tri but I smiled all the way around. It was so much fun.

 

Jennie, we're in the process of buying/selling (though it's all dependent on whether the town buys our house... there's a town referendum on it in a few weeks...) and I know it's so much fun but it's also incredibly exhausting. Hope you're doing well.

 

ND - I've been following your runs on DM and FB. You're getting sooooo fast, mama!

 

Thanks for all the feedback re: fertility. I am definitely training more but I don't know that my body fat is that low... I am still nursing a lot though DS has really cut down on night feedings. I'm trying to work on nutrition, which is not the best as I've been living off of bars and sandwiches because life has been so nuts. I did start peeing on OPKs and I've yet to 'surge'. I'm feeling pretty sad about it.

 

Anyone have any thoughts on daycare situations? Our nanny is quitting in September (marrying and moving away). She's been great but now wer'e wondering what to do: to get another nanny or to think about sending DS to preschool/daycare. He'll be 27 months when our nanny leaves. We're very undecided about it. he's pretty reserved in some ways but he does enjoy being around others. I just don't know whether he's ready to be in a bigger setting... I'd really love to hear others' thoughts.

 

Forward motion: 8 mile run this morning. I recently started seeing a PT who is having me completely change my running form. Honestly it's KILLING my calves and this run was pretty awful. I have been getting to the pool quite a bit, though, and I *think* that things might be improving... just a little :0)

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Originally Posted by Nickarolaberry View Post

 

 

(I have trouble spending money, by the way...this is going to be a painful purchase for me. But a  necessary one. and I still haven't got my iPhone or my nano or my garmin that I was promised...sigh)

 

Honey? Spend the money. Damn. You don't always have to come last. </stern voice>

 

FM: I biked today - took the kids to school on their bikes, came home, went on my bike to get their Jimmy John's lunch (it's their field day), biked it to school, biked home after picnic-ing, and thought ... man, I'm picking them up in the car because it's raining. lol.gif So we had a nice time, and I'm getting some grading done, and went with ds to a lovely graduation open house today (only three more of those tomorrow!) A fellow guest said she's been watching him and was so impressed by his confidence and presence and behavior. heartbeat.gif He's 7 and usually outshined by and engaged in rowdiness with my 10yo, so it was really nice to have him solo. Plus he ate his weight in food which was kind of funny to watch. And my awesome colleague tuned up ds's bike a bit while we were both at the party, and my other awesome colleague said today he's looking forward to sitting next to me at commencement for years to come and I'd better not go anywhere. (We're seated according to how long we've been at the school and degrees we hold, so he should be right that we're going to be seated next to each other for the forseeable future.)

 

Dh and I have been working opposite evenings, more or less - he had two late nights this week and I'll have a long/late day tomorrow so we haven't talked much. I did talk to my parents last night and spent a lot of time crying. greensad.gif I am really, really tired. And crying every day because I feel so angry and so stupid and so helpless, even though things are probably a little better than that. It sucks to not be much with the running as that's such a stress reliever, although biking is decent. PT is going pretty well although it turns out to be an insurance wrangle of sorts.

 

<sigh> Thanks for the support, y'all.

 

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Mamas, where did my brain go?  I can't find Abby's dance costume!  Her dress rehearsal is tomorrow, and the recital is Sunday.  I don't know where it is?  I have torn my house and town apart!  I have no idea where it is!  I am in such a panic about this.  It is definitely not in the house.  It's not at the place where we had the dance pictures a week ago.  It's not at the gym (where we were at before her last class).  I don't know if it is at the studio because they were locked up tight when I got over to it.  I have emails and phone calls into her dance teacher, and am hoping that someone picked it up and is planning on bringing it tomorrow, but I don't know what the heck I'm going to do if this doesn't happen!  ARGH!!!!

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Ok, so much calmer now.  I found the fricking thing.  I snuck in to the kids' room around 10:30 and tore their bedding apart for about the 9th time, and it just fell out.  How did I miss that the first 8 times I went through their bed?!  Ahhhh, so relieved!

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Woohoo, Friday!!! And the Victoria long weekend. And Empire days in the village, with market days and geeky parades and maypole dancing!!! And sunshine for the third day in a row!

 

We've finally made a master plan for our garden and started executing it this week. Our front yard looks beautiful, and the backyard is on it's way to productive food growing instead of floral sanctuary that the previous owners landscaped. They were childless and spent $$$ on landscape design that it totally not conducive to food growing or child playing. It took us a year to get up the nerve to do the massive changes that needed to happen to meet our needs and desires, but I'm so happy about it. I also have a summer's worth of projects to work on :)

 

nic- I have two MacBook Pros, the old one is 5 years and I still use it daily for work and the new one is lovely. I also go for the best speed I can afford buying a new one, because long-term I get much more use. Treat yourself!

 

bec- Glad you found the costume.

 

Penelope- Thinking of you. Hang in there!

 

mel- Have an awesome tri! When I did my first tri, there was a road marshall near the end with an enormous sign that said "There is no tri, only do". It's often been a mantra on my longer runs.

 

RR- Bootcamp was cancelled this evening because of empire days. Saw the chiro again yesterday, and have decided that I'm not thrilled. My pelvis feels good, and she thinks that I'm ready to try some run/walk (on the agenda for tomorrow, I hope). But she doesn't offer much in the way of explanation for my issues, or any suggestions for prevention/strengthening, etc. Hips and pelvis feel good, so it's a start, but I'm not really satisfied with the answer to keep seeing her regularly to stay that way.

 

 

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